La Baule-Les-Pins

La Baule-Les-Pins
Julie Bataille

Julie Bataille

Screen Time: 90%
Role: Frédérique
Age: 12 years old
Candice Lefranc

Candice Lefranc

Screen Time: 80%
Role: Sophie
Age: 9 years old
Emmanuelle Boidron

Emmanuelle Boidron

Screen Time: 25%
Role: Suzanne
Age: 11 years old


La Baule-Les-Pins

C'est la Vie (USA)
Rating: 8.2 (5 votes)
Directed: Diane Kurys
Country: France
Language: French
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama


Frédérique and her little sister are sent by their mother to the most beautiful beach in Brittany, La Baule-les-Pins. When she finally comes to join them, it is to announce that she and their father are divorcing.

This nostalgic study of one family's difficulties is both sad and funny, told through the eyes of the 13 year-old Frédérique as she comes to accept the fact that her parents no longer love one another.

C'est La Vie is an interesting "coming of age" film where the audience follows the summer of two young girls containing friends, love, adventure, and betrayal. The story intrigues through humor and tragedy, which ends up being a pleasing cinematic experience.

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Kurys directs from her own novel, the result being a rather charming coming-of-age story loosely based on her experiences growing up. Thirteen-year-old Bataille makes a terrific debut as Frederique, experiencing the traumas of adolescence during a beach vacation, to say nothing of her mother (Baye) creating a scandal when she runs off to London with a much younger man, leaving father and daughter alone.

Kurys has told this story before (in the 1983 film Entre Nous), but in Baye she creates a far less sympathetic maternal figure than she did in the earlier film's Isabelle Huppert. It's an interesting comparison.